One of the most overlooked albums in Journey's catalog, Dream After Dream is the band's soundtrack for a little-seen 1980s Japanese film of the same name. On these tracks, most of which are instrumental, the San Francisco-based rock group indulges in its more progressive and ornate tendencies, with former Santana members Neal Schon (guitar) and Gregg Rolie (keyboards), in particular, cutting loose (see "Destiny"). (Rolie would soon leave Journey, with Jonathan Cain serving as his replacement.) While vocalist Steve Perry's presence on the record is minimal, he joins in on the lovelorn ballad "Little Girl," easily making it the highlight of the album. Though not essential, Dream After Dream is a fine example of Journey's underrated musicianship, and recommended for devoted fans.
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